Despite the perpetual tundra, extreme cold, and a shortage of equipment, the 25 isolated communities in Nunavut manage to maintain soccer as an important part of their lives. Played mostly indoors in basketball courts and using Futsal rules, the game has grown to be one of the most popular sports in Nunavut, even ahead of hockey. There are over 600 registered players, and an estimated 1000 participants in the Nunavut soccer community and with this increase in interest, the Nunavut tournament was born.
The most recent Nunavut tournament took place at the end of June, and saw seventeen teams convene in the town of Iqaluit for the 3-day competition. Many teams had to travel a long way to make it to the tournament, sometimes by less conventional methods, as no roads connected the communities.
Ontario Soccer Association staff members, Gabriel Assis and Lyndon Hooper, made the journey out to Nunavut to oversee and regulate the much anticipated tournament. The New York Times took notice and wrote a piece on the event and the OSA's involvement.
Click here to read the entire story in the New York Times.
To donate to the Nunavut Soccer Association, please contact Gabriel Assis by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.